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Wednesday, November 16

Product Guide: iMac G5

Updated October 12th this iMac revision was most notable for it's multimedia capabilities. Changes included PCI Express based graphics, an iSight video camera built into the top bezel, and an IR receiver hidden behind the Apple logo. With this IR receiver and the included Apple Remote users gained controlled a new program called Front Row which allowed them access to their Movies, Music, Photos, and DVD player from a distance. Seen as many as Apple's first foray into the Media Center concept of computer it has been both hailed for it's ease of use and criticized for lack of TV tuner and recording abilities. At this point it remains unclear if Apple intends to include these capabilities in future revisions.

17" iMac G5 - $1299

CPU: 1.9GHz G5
Memory: 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM Display: 17" TFT w/ 1440 x 900 resolution
Graphics: ATI Radeon X600 Pro w/ 128 MB DDR SDRAM (PCI Express connection)
Hard Disk: 160 GB at 7200 rpm
Optical Drive: 8x Superdrive Dual Layer
Networking: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
I/O: 2-Firewire 400, 3-USB 2.0
Misc: Mighty Mouse
Apple Remote (w/ Front Row)
Built-in iSight
Airport Extreme (802.11 G) & Bluetooth built in
Headphone/Optical output, Audio line in, Built-in stereo speakers and microphone

20" iMac G5 - $1699

CPU: 2.1GHz G5
Memory: 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM Display: 20" TFT w/ 1680 x 1050 resolution
Graphics: ATI Radeon X600 XT w/ 128 MB DDR SDRAM (PCI Express connection)
Hard Disk: 250 GB at 7200 rpm
Optical Drive: 8x Superdrive Dual Layer
Networking: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
I/O: 2-Firewire 400, 3-USB 2.0
Misc: Mighty Mouse
Apple Remote (w/ Front Row)
Built-in iSight
Airport Extreme (802.11 G) & Bluetooth built in
Headphone/Optical output, Audio line in, Built-in stereo speakers and microphone

Heading image Courtesy of Apple

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